Justin Jones, the left-wing protester charged with assaulting Tennessee Speaker of the House Glen Casada, said on social media this week that members of Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk’s office treat him unfairly.
As The Tennessee Star reported this week, members of Funk’s office filed to revoke Jones’ bond. Jones attends Vanderbilt Divinity School. Last week, Jones allegedly threw a beverage — possibly coffee — at Casada and State Rep. Debra Moody, R-Covington. Jones was already out on bond for allegedly disrupting a Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate rally in Nashville last October.
Jones, though, said members of Funk’s office filed to revoke his bond, not because officers arrested him a second time, but because he allegedly contacted Casada after the second arrest.
As The Star reported, court officials ordered Jones to have no contact with Casada or Moody.
On his Twitter page this week, Jones said this:
“The DA filed a motion to revoke my bond on the basis of false evidence from the Speaker’s Office,” Jones said.
“They claim I sent him an email on March 1st- when I did not. I urge the DA to release this alleged email to the media and public, since it has yet to be provided. Stop these tactics.”
Media officials at the state capitol and at Funk’s office declined to comment.
“Due to the fact that this is a matter now pending in Criminal Court, we will not be commenting on the facts of this case,” said Funk spokesman Steve Hayslip, in an emailed statement.
This week, The Washington Free Beacon wrote about Jones and said the intensity of far-left protests at the Tennessee capitol have increased and that these attacks worry Republican legislators.
“The presence of Jones, who has been temporarily banned from the Capitol, has become commonplace in recent years, but the willingness to physically confront members has increased, Republicans say,” the website reported.
The Free Beacon quoted State Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville.
“What we are seeing on a national level with the escalation of far-left extremists attacking conservative leaders has trickled down to Tennessee,” the website quoted Sexton as saying.
“We believe in the right to peaceful protests and demonstrations, but what we have seen cultivating over the last several years, the volatility of these past few weeks and ultimately what led to Thursday’s very intense politicized, threatening, and disruptive behavior resulting in the arrest of a protester for assault. What is next? This behavior should not and will not be tolerated here in Tennessee or anywhere else.”
According to The Free Beacon, Jones has no remorse for his alleged conduct and legislators believe he will confront them again.